Satisfying land and sea cravings for 50 yearsA La Carte
November 10, 2019
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Opened in 1969 by Joey Cabell, one of the fastest surfers who ever lived, Chart House Waikiki became famous early on for its lovely view of Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and its glorious steaks and seafood.
Fifty years later, it’s still a truly delightful place to spend an evening.
“We have live music every night of the week, and a great lounge,” says general manager Scott Okamoto. “It’s a really relaxing atmosphere, warm and friendly.”
And the menu is still a wonder, with elegant, impeccable offerings like the Ora King Salmon ($43) Famous around the world for its buttery softness and savory flavor, this New Zealand treat has such a high fat-to-lean ratio that chefs often call it the Wagyu of the Sea. Pan-fried rare with crispy skin, served with a lemon dill beurre blanc, it’s beautifully rich and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
At $78, the Crustacean Broil is a fantastic medley of your very favorite ocean delights, a feast that includes a 1¼ lb. live Maine lobster, sea scallops, jumbo Pacific shrimp, and Alaskan king crab, served with drawn butter and lemons.
Grass-Fed Bison Tenderloin ($59) is a big favorite of owner Joey Cabell. “Joey tried bison tenderloin in Aspen and he loved it,” remembers Okamoto.
“He came home and said, ‘We need bison here in Hawaii!'” Rich and sweet, low in fat, and so tender they can be cut with a butter knife, the Chart House’s bison tender-loins come from Turner Ranches on the Mainland, where Ted Turner farms 55,000 head of grass-fed bison.
The restaurant is offering a Christmas Gift Card promotion, which begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve. For every $100 Gift Card you purchase, you’ll receive a complimentary $25 gift certificate. Buy a $50 gift card, and receive a complimentary $10 gift certificate. Gift cards do not have an expiration date, but complimentary gift certificates may be used between Jan. 2, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020.